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#1

90

Sharp R372

572 Reviews
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£69.97

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£390
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
The top rated microwave under £100, with low running costs and brilliant user reviews
£5 Voucher
#2

89

Samsung MC28H5013A

822 Reviews
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£139.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
Info
Info
£390
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
The highest rated microwave under £500, with great features and low running costs
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#3

89

Magic Chef MCM990

48 Reviews
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£58.53

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25.4L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
A top-rated and top-value freestanding microwave, with low running costs and the latest technology
Voucher
#4

89

Samsung MS23F301

1,984 Reviews
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£40.00

Freestanding
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800W
Info
23L
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Info
£340
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
The highest scoring combination microwave available, with good features and excellent user reviews
#5

89

Samsung MC28H5135CK

56 Reviews
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£130.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A recently released and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with low running costs and very good features
#6

89

Samsung MC28M6055

37 Reviews
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£249.99

Freestanding
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900W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£390
Over 10 years
Sep 2018
The newest combination microwave available, with low running costs and a good price
£50 Voucher
#7

88

Samsung MC28M6075

50 Reviews
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£119.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A bargain price and new freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and very good features
£35 Voucher
#8

88

Samsung MC32J7035

10 Reviews
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£150.32

Freestanding
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1,400W
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32L
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Info
£600
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
A top-rated and powerful freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a reasonable price
#9

88

Panasonic NN‑SD27HS

68 Reviews
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£129.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
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Info
£430
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A best selling and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with alright running costs and great features
#10

88

Russell Hobbs RHM3003

714 Reviews
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£85.00

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A top-value and classic freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and very good features
#11

88

Samsung MS28J5255

138 Reviews
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£129.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
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Info
£430
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A very cheap and top-rated freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and very good features
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#12

88

Russell Hobbs RHBM2503

139 Reviews
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£144.88

Freestanding
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900W
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23L
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£390
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A very cheap and positively reviewed freestanding microwave, with low running costs and great features
£12 Voucher
#13

88

CDA VM451SS

4 Reviews
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£69.99

Integrated
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2,500W
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25L
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Info
£1,100
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A great value for money and positively reviewed integrated microwave, with great features
£5 Voucher
#14

88

Sharp R28STM

1,257 Reviews
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£65.00

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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£340
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A top-rated and affordable freestanding microwave, with good features and very low running costs
#15

88

Sharp R‑372KM

526 Reviews
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£65.89

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£390
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
A very popular and bargain price freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and great features
£5 Voucher
#16

87

Panasonic NN‑GD37

21 Reviews
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£136.96

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
Info
Info
£430
Over 10 years
May 2017
An excellent value for money and astoundingly highly rated freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and very good features
#17

87

Russell Hobbs RHM2572CG

199 Reviews
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£75.00

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2018
An affordable and new freestanding microwave, with average running costs and superb user reviews
#18

87

Hotpoint MWH 30243 B

3 Reviews
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£112.97

Freestanding
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1,000W
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30L
Info
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£430
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A sensationally highly rated and low cost freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and features
#19

87

Kenwood K25MSS11

255 Reviews
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£169.98

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A classic and affordable freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and great features
£50 Voucher
#20

87

Samsung MC32K7055C

19 Reviews
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£145.00

Freestanding
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900W
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32L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A good value for money and top-rated freestanding microwave, with satisfactory running costs and very good features

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Sharp with an average rating of 89%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
#1
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Sharp Microwaves 49 £45 - £520
89%
6,964 reviews
#2
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Samsung Microwaves 66 £45 - £714
89%
5,301 reviews
#3
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 38 £47 - £275
88%
11,598 reviews
#4
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Panasonic Microwaves 66 £48 - £509
87%
9,589 reviews
#5
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Hotpoint Microwaves 45 £46 - £929
87%
630 reviews
#6
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Bosch Microwaves 55 £85 - £1,282
84%
925 reviews
#7
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Daewoo Microwaves 40 £40 - £138
83%
2,352 reviews
#8
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Neff Microwaves 30 £148 - £1,059
82%
448 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 58 £93 - £869
80%
219 reviews
#10
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Siemens Microwaves 25 £270 - £1,131
75%
64 reviews
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LG Microwaves 30 £100 - £364
60%
33 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

We currently list 602 microwaves ranging from £21 to £2,658. A new microwave costs on average £234 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £61 and £519. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Miele DGM6500 at £2,658, and the cheapest is the Morphy Richards Accents at only £22.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves start at £399 and their most expensive microwave costs £2,658. The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £965.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves range in price from £899 to £899, and the second highest average microwave price out of all brands is Fisher & Paykel microwaves with an average price of £899.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is De Dietrich microwaves with an average price of £750. De Dietrich microwaves start at £329 and their most expensive microwave costs £999.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 38 expert reviews and 41,774 user reviews for microwaves written online and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Sharp with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Samsung with 89% and the third best brand is Russell Hobbs with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 520 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 375 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to microwaves. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 213 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We couldn't see any obvious pattern in the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years. In April 2017 58 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new microwave releases was October, with 126 new microwaves released that month. In 2015 most new microwaves were released in July, with 101 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new microwave costing £234, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £5.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

Freestanding is the most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 630 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 294 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most popular case design amongst new microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The Siemens CM656GBS6B, which is available at £899.00, has the biggest microwave power and is a 3,600W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and can be purchased for £121.35.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 13L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 18L to 22L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the Zanussi ZKK47901XK, which is a 51L capacity microwave and sells for £359.99. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Hotpoint MWH1331B, which is a 13L capacity microwave and sells for £98.99.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

We found 438 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most common colour amongst new microwaves. Stainless steel is the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 438 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 344 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 66.2% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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